The Ballydoyle underdog fell to 16-1 (from 33) after Ryan Moore’s surprise booking | Horse racing news
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Ryan Moore will ride Toy in Saturday’s Juddmonte Irish Oaks
By David Jennings, Deputy Editor of Ireland
There were a few surprises from Aidan O’Brien’s camp on Thursday as a final eight was declared for the Juddmonte Irish Oaks.
The long-awaited rematch between Emily Upjohn and Tuesday will not take place in the Curragh Classic after O’Brien opted against the race on Tuesday, which will instead have a midsummer break before returning in the fall .
Instead of accompanying the Cazoo Oaks winner, Ryan Moore will pilot the underdog of O’Brien’s three starters, her name appearing alongside Toy, a half-sister to four Group 1 winners who disappointed in France during of his last two races.
A 33-1 shot with Paddy Power after reporting time, it was shortened to 16-1 once jockey bookings were revealed. Seamie Heffernan will partner Emily Dickinson, while Wayne Lordan is on the story.
Speaking about the decision not to race on Tuesday, O’Brien said: “She’s going to have a little break in the middle of summer now and she’ll be training for the fall. The day of the bow trials and the day of the Irish Champion Stakes will be on our minds, that sort of thing.”
Asked if it was a tough decision not to roll the dice again, O’Brien replied: “It was a tough decision. Obviously when we brought her back into the Irish Derby , we didn’t want to push it too far and there’s a lot of time left in the season.”
Epsom runner-up Emily Upjohn, considered unlucky by many after a first crash in the Oaks, is 4-9 favorite with Paddy Power to hand Frankie Dettori a sixth victory in the race. That would put him on a par with Johnny Murtagh as the most successful rider in Irish Oaks history.
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Magical Lagoon: winner at Royal Ascot last time
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Ribblesdale winner Magical Lagoon is Emily Upjohn’s biggest danger according to the market at 4-1, and her trainer Jessica Harrington is doubly represented as Curragh’s first winner Fennela will join Magical Lagoon in the lineup. Ger Lyons and Colin Keane, who teamed up to win the 2020 Irish Oaks with Even So, are hoping to do the same with the hat-trick in search of Cairde Go Deo.
The Show Of Stars formed by Paddy Twomey completes the program.
Equilateral and Last Crusader, formed in Great Britain, will travel to Ireland to play the Barberstown Castle Sapphire Stakes (3.10) over five furlongs. Mooneista, New York City and Castle Star make up the home challenge in what promises to be a breathtaking sprint.
The exciting two-year-old Little Big Bear, winner of the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot and late absentee from the July Stakes last week due to leaving, races at Jebel Ali Racecourse and Anglesey Stakes stables ( 2.03).
Irish Oaks runners and riders
Cairde Go Deo Colin Kean
Emily Dickinson Seamie Heffernan
Emily Upjohn Frankie Dettori
Fennela Chris Hayes
Story Wayne Lordan
magic lagoon Shane Foley
star show Billy Lee
Toy ryan moore
Juddmonte Irish Oaks (3.45 Curragh, Saturday)
power of rice: 4-9 Emily Upjohn, 4 Magical Lagoon, 14 History, 16 Cairde Go Deo, Emily Dickinson, Toy, 33 Fennela, 40 Show Of Stars.
Weatherbys Super Sprint draws 21
Newbury‘s latest race may not have had any statements, but the highlight will feature 21 riders, with favorites Maria Branwell and Rogue Spirit racing for the Weatherbys Super Sprint (3.30).
The race is unique in that horses are weighted by the price they fetched at sales, so £57,750 to buy Once More For Luck tops the contest, with Rob Hornby due to carry 9st 4lb. Coming in at the bottom of the weights, and carrying one stone less, are Claretina and Land Of Summer.
Map of Newbury
The main fantasies Eddie’s Boy, Miami Girl, Swift Asset and Dare To Hope were also declared.
The promising Sense Of Duty sprinter was a notable absentee at Newbury, having topped the market for the bet365 Hackwood Stakes (2.56). The William Haggas-trained three-year-old was around a 5-2 favorite to claim a fifth straight win, but Rohaan, Diligent Harry and Man Of Promise were among those declared.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 11:30 AM, JULY 14, 2022